Fandango’s Flashback Friday — August 5th

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 5th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on August 5, 2019.


The Odd Couple

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Just like every Leo, she always had to be the center of attention. But as an Aries, I, too, can be passionate, confident, and very direct. So yes, we did clash quite a bit. But that’s to be expected, isn’t it? We are both, after all, fire signs and are each strong willed, so a certain amount of discordance shouldn’t be a surprise.

Sometime we collide about minor things, like whether to go to Disneyland or to Magic Mountain for a vacation. Or that she loves to soak in a tub for hours, while I am in and out of the shower within three minutes. At other times our whole orientation is in conflict, like her being more of a home body who would be happy spending the evening sipping wine in front of the fireplace, while my preference would be to live a more nomadic life, driving around the country visiting scenic national parks in an RV.

The truth is, though, that I find her to be a totally bewitching woman and she finds me to be an extraordinarily fascinating man. And while we are occasionally at each other’s throats, there is nothing that anyone can do to chip away at our love. We may seem to be an odd couple, but together, we have zero tolerance for anyone who would dare to try to tear us apart.


Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday prompt, where the first line is, “Just like every Leo, she always had to be the center of attention.” Also for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are “Disneyland,” “fireplace,” and “zero.” And for these daily prompts: Daily Addictions (mountain), The Daily Spur (shower), Nova’s Daily Random Word (nomadic), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (bewitching), and Word of the Day Challenge (chip).

First Line Friday — Plagiarism

“Only the elders remembered a blue sky,” Elliot said, writing that down in his notebook.

“Why did you write that down?” Linda, his wife asked.

“I told you that after submitting my short story to that online magazine, they sent me a letter telling me that my story was solid and they were looking forward to a number of other submissions from me,” Elliot explained.

“Wait,” Linda said. “Doesn’t it strike you as odd that an online magazine would respond to a story you submitted electronically by sending you a letter rather than via email? Are you sure this is legit?”

“Well, the letter also included a check for $100 and a publishing agreement for me to sign,” Elliot explained. “If I can get more of my stories published at 100 bucks each, it could be bountiful for us and I could quit my day job and write full-time.

“Um, did you review the publishing agreement with a lawyer before you sent it back,” Linda asked.

“Are you kidding?” Elliot said. “I don’t want to involve a whole cadre of lawyers. Beside, that sentence about the elders and the blue skies would make a perfect start to a fantastic science fiction story, don’t you think?”

“I suppose,” Linda said. “How’d you come up with that?”

“Oh,” Elliot said, “I found it on the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie blog in the First Line Friday prompt. Good, isn’t it?”

“I think you’re going to need that cadre of layers when you get sued for plagiarism by whoever posted that line,” Linda said.


In addition to being written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday prompts, where the first line is “Only the elders remembered a blue sky,” this post has the following daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (notebook), My Vivid Blog (letter), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (solid), The Daily Spur (number), Word of the Day Challenge (bountiful), and Your Daily Word Prompt (cadre).

MLMM First Line Friday — Zoom

“Whatever you do, you can’t do that,” Sal said.

“Can’t do what?” I asked.

Don’t be sneaky, pal,” Sal said. “You know full well what I’m talking about.”

“Honestly, I don’t,” I said. “Can you give me an assist here? Cut me some slack, maybe?”

“I’ve already given you too much leeway,” Sal said. “And it gives me little comfort, but I have to put my foot down this time.”

“Listen, Sal,” I said. “Maybe I’ve developed a bunch of cobwebs in my head, but I have no idea what your objection is to my being on this afternoon’s conference call.”

Sal sighed. “The last conference call you were on you apparently forgot that it was a Zoom call. You stood up, had no pants on, and had a boner.”

“Oh right,” I said. “I guess I blocked that memory.”


Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday, where the first line is, “Whatever you do, you can’t do that.” Also for these daily prompts: My Vivid Blog (sneaky), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (assist), Your Daily Word Prompt (leeway), The Daily Spur (comfort), Word of the Day Challenge (cobweb), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (conference).

First Line Friday — War Games

“I summon you, the beasts of war!” Craig called out.

“I fear that your motives are anything but altruistic,” Kevin said.

“I’m not going to dither around here, Kevin,” Craig said. “I don’t do anything halfway, my friend.”

“Relax, buddy, it’s only a video game. The end of the world is not at stake.”

“You’re too easy going, Kevin,” Craig said. “This is a serious competition and it’s kill or be killed. Take no prisoners, Winner takes all.”

“Boys,” the brothers’ mother called from the kitchen, “shut off that stupid, violent game. Dinner is ready.”

“It’s not violent, Ma,” Craig called back, “it’s Mario Kart.”

“Well, it’s Mac and cheese night, so get your butts over here.”

“Cool,” the brothers said in unison and ran to the kitchen.


Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday prompt. Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (fear), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (altruistic), Your Daily Word Prompt (dither), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (halfway).

First Line Friday — The Monster in the Mirror

I am the monster of every story. Or at least that’s how my so-called friends have been characterizing me lately. They tell me that my behavior is far too boisterous for their taste, even calling it at time egregious. Their overview of me is that there is something seriously off about me and that I’ve totally lost my way.

But that’s fine. I don’t need those elitist, judgy people around me. All they do is bring me down. I can do just fine on my own, even if it means living on the streets and having to panhandle in the park in order to survive. Everyone else can go fuck themselves.


Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday prompt, where the first line is, “I am the monster of every story.” Also for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (boisterous), Your Daily Word Prompt (egregious), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (overview), The Daily Spur (lost), Ragtag Daily Prompt (off), and MMA Storytime (panhandle).